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February 27, 2008 9:01 PM   Subscribe

Whew--just squeaked this post in for Black History Month. Vintage YouTubery of Richard Pryor, Jackie Robinson, Bill Cosby, and James Earl Jones, each reciting The Alphabet on Sesame Street. And then Patti LaBelle blows 'em all away with a Gospel Rendition.
posted by Kibbutz (24 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh, and I can't leave out the incomparable Lena Horne.
posted by Kibbutz at 9:09 PM on February 27, 2008


If you hadn't posted this in Feburary it wouldn't have made a bit of sense. Good thing you posted it in Feburary. What month is Feburary again?
posted by item at 9:11 PM on February 27, 2008


It's Black History Month.
posted by Kibbutz at 9:14 PM on February 27, 2008


James Earl Jones is way too intense for hanging on Sesame Street. Richard Pryor seems to go a little far the other way -- too relaxed. The ladies then do blow them out of the water!! Patti LaBelle is great. Try this Sly and Robbie version of the Sesame Street song
posted by JohnnyGunn at 9:18 PM on February 27, 2008


Good grief! 2,630,000 Google results for Feburary.
posted by tellurian at 9:22 PM on February 27, 2008


Lena Horne: brought to you by the letters FTW. (Patti LaBelle would have won it if it weren't for they put all the annoying muppets with Patti. Lena has all the cool, old school muppets.)
posted by not_on_display at 9:24 PM on February 27, 2008


But MARCH is Muppet History Month...
posted by wendell at 9:26 PM on February 27, 2008


^Feburary is the month after Janurary. It's Black Histurary Month.
posted by not_on_display at 9:28 PM on February 27, 2008


Jesse Jackson reading Green Eggs and Ham. YouTube, exceptionally craptastic video quality.
posted by mosk at 9:33 PM on February 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


My Baby is Black!!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:35 PM on February 27, 2008


YAY BLACK PEOPLE!
posted by dhammond at 9:36 PM on February 27, 2008


Youtube actually had a thing the other day where a bunch of videos were picked by Damon Wayans. MLK's last speech, where he talks about why he's not afraid of being killed is pretty badass.
posted by delmoi at 10:00 PM on February 27, 2008


This s a good place to post the greatest musical segment that ever happened on Sesame Street.
posted by Mikey-San at 10:40 PM on February 27, 2008 [3 favorites]


Whew--just squeaked this post in for Black History Month.

Actually its a leap year. You get one more day.
posted by Ironmouth at 11:05 PM on February 27, 2008


That Stevie Wonder clip might be the greatest musical segment that ever happened on youtube.
posted by FidelDonson at 12:54 AM on February 28, 2008


... and white people sing the alphabet like this.
posted by emelenjr at 4:17 AM on February 28, 2008


... and white people sing the alphabet like this.

It's funny cause it's true! AMIRITE?

Actually, I think that's the most compelling Billy Joel performance I've ever seen. He just sems right for the song, like it was written for him, y'know?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:23 AM on February 28, 2008


^Wait... what about white people in Russia? Wouldn't they have to sing the alphabet differently?
posted by not_on_display at 5:21 AM on February 28, 2008


Lena Horne: brought to you by the letters FTW. (Patti LaBelle would have won it if it weren't for they put all the annoying muppets with Patti. Lena has all the cool, old school muppets.)

The old school puppets are more boring and less whimsical. I can check those mup.., nay, puppets out at the library. And the tent revival energy of the LaBelle performance is many times superior. Cookie monster and grover and the number vampire are clearly all Afro-muppets.

And let us not even speak of the Billy Joel performance.
posted by dgaicun at 7:22 AM on February 28, 2008


Lena has all the cool, old school muppets.

Including the one (lower left hand corner) that served as the image inspiration for Dr. Phil.
posted by Kibbutz at 9:11 AM on February 28, 2008


I still sometimes dream about James Earl Jones counting numbers. Sometimes I'm sitting in front of the TV, sometimes he's just there, in black and white, at the foot of my bed. It's silent but for his voice; his face gradually fills my field of vision and I learn my numbers forever.
posted by breezeway at 10:32 AM on February 28, 2008


Sorry, but none of those versions beat the one I grew up on. The African Alphabet.
posted by quoththeraven at 12:46 PM on February 28, 2008


a little off-topic but this is the best rendition of the alphabet I have seen on Sesame Street
posted by bitteroldman at 4:56 PM on February 28, 2008


And, for the kids that already have the whole alphabet thing down, there's my favorite, the Easy Reader (aka Morgan Freeman in his best role EVER) from The Electric Company!
posted by Mael Oui at 8:10 PM on February 28, 2008


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